July 31, 2015

Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation - shade G40 - swatches, review

Hello, Beautiful!

In today's blog post I'm talking about the Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation, which I have in the shade G40. I am in LOVE with the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops, so I wanted to try another foundation product from the line, and this is what I went for. But to be honest, this powder didn't impress me the way I was hoping.

Check out all the product info, along with my full review, after the pics!

Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation
Shade: G40


For the before & after pic, I used the It Cosmetics powder brush shown below. I don't remember the exact name for it, but it's just a big, dense, fluffy brush.

Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation Info & Review
Cost: $36.00 (0.42 oz full size)
Availability: Available on the Cover FX website, at Sephora, and everywhere else Cover FX is sold.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Kisses


An oil-absorbing mineral powder plus foundation in one which imparts an instant natural matte finish and provides sheer to full buildable coverage.

This matte-made healthy formula features Amazonian Kaolin Clay and oil absorbing microspheres to minimize shine and absorb excess oil as well as green tea leaf extract to alleviate skin discomfort and visibly reduce redness.

This clinically tested product does NOT contain the inflammatory five: gluten, mineral oil, fragrance, parabens or talc.

Currently available in 24 shades.


I purchased the shade G40, and that's where I'm going to start my review because I have a major gripe about the shade jump from G30 to G40. There needs to be a G35 because G30 would work for me if it wasn't summer. G40, however, is just slightly too dark/orange looking until my summer tan comes in a bit better. It doesn't seem like it's too dark, especially at first, but in certain lighting it is noticeable and can look a little orange (it oxidizes on me slightly). The shade G40 works... I make it work... but if there were something between G30 and G40 it would be ideal.

I didn't want to return G40 for G30 because I know I'll be outdoors a lot in the coming weeks and I am not getting lighter in color, so G40 could work for a couple months but then it will be too dark. In fact, since getting this product G40 actually works a lot better for me now (end of July) than it did when I got it in early June.

Aside from the shade, let's talk about the coverage. This is a pressed powder foundation that says it has sheer to full coverage..... that statement alone made me hold off on purchasing this for awhile because a pressed powder foundation can not be sheer to full coverage unless you are really building it up or need to apply it wet. But I went ahead and purchased it because I wanted a setting powder/touch-up powder that was on the go and easy to take with me. Plus, I am in LOVE with the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops, so thought this would be a great next product to try.

The coverage for me, never is full on its own. Not without looking like I'm wearing an inch of powder. So for me, and the flaws I need to cover, this can't be my all-over foundation. It has to be used as a setting powder that adds a little extra coverage and a touch-up powder. And I'm fine with that, because that's what I purchased it for. But if you have skin flaws like I do, you may find you want to pair this with a liquid or cream concealer first and then use this on top.

I have combo skin that leans towards dry, and for me, this foundation looks good initially and then becomes oily on my face -- specifically if I try to wear this as a foundation itself. If I just use it lightly then I don't have issues. I find it funny that it turns oily on me considering this is supposed to help control oil and I do not have oily skin at the moment.

I guess I was hoping for more.... I really love the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation (the loose powder one, not the liquid/mousse) because I can get full coverage easily and it looks great, lasts all day, and is just amazing in every way I use it. I also love the Mally Poreless Perfection foundation, which is a pressed powder. The Cover FX just didn't exceed those two products so I likely won't repurchase this foundation, but I certainly will try to get as much use out of it while I can.

Now let me know what you think...
What do you think of this foundation? Have you tried this, or would you consider adding this to your beauty wish list? Discuss in the comments below!

xoxo with love & beauty,
Crystal Valentine

1 comment:

  1. I bought this thinking it would help with my dark spots, but instead it mad those areas look dusky and cakey. It made it more noticable so I returned it.


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